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Bruce Yardley appointed Chief Geologist

Bruce Yardley (Leeds University) has been appointed Chief Geologist by The Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD) of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

Chartership news

Chartership Officer Bill Gaskarth reports on a projected new logo for use by CGeols, advice on applications and company training schemes

Climate Change Statement Addendum

The Society has published an addendum to 'Climate Change: Evidence from the Geological Record' (November 2010) taking account of new research

Cracking up in Lincolnshire

Oliver Pritchard, Stephen Hallett, and Timothy Farewell consider the role of soil science in maintaining the British 'evolved road'

Critical metals

Kathryn Goodenough* on a Society-sponsored hunt for the rare metals that underpin new technologies

Déja vu all over again

As Nina Morgan Discovers, the debate over HS2 is nothing new...

Done proud

Ted Nield hails the new refurbished Council Room as evidence that the Society is growing up

Earth Science Week 2014

Fellows - renew, vote for Council, and volunteer for Earth Science Week 2014!  Also - who is honoured in the Society's Awards and Medals 2014.

Fookes celebrated

Peter Fookes (Imperial College, London) celebrated at Society event in honour of Engineering Group Working Parties and their reports

Geology - poor relation?

When are University Earth Science departments going to shed their outmoded obsession with maths, physics and chemistry?

Nancy Tupholme

Nancy Tupholme, Librarian of the Society and the Royal Society, has died, reports Wendy Cawthorne.

Power, splendour and high camp

Ted Nield reviews the refurbishment of the Council Room, Burlington House

The Sir Archibald Geikie Archive at Haslemere Educational Museum

You can help the Haslemere Educational Museum to identify subjects in Sir Archibald Geikie's amazing field notebook sketches, writes John Betterton.

Top bananas

Who are the top 100 UK practising scientists?  The Science Council knows...

April 2015
This month's issue
Volume 25 No 3 01 April 2015

Tambora two centuries on

Bill McGuire* looks back on the legacy of Tambora, the volcano whose eruption created the ‘year without a summer’

Tambora Volcano

Red for Danger

Design choices play an important role in how volcanic hazard maps communicate risk.  Ian Randall* reports.

Volcanic Ash Hazard Map

Neutrons for geology

The humble neutron is becoming a valuable tool to model the internal workings of our planet, says Martin Dove*.


Burma's rising star

Nick Gardiner on tin-tungsten mineralisation in Burma, where mining is all set to make a comeback.

River Valley in Burma
Latest articles
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Your Life as Planet Earth

Geology can be a fun subject, but it’s no...

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Shale Gas and Fracking

As the preface of this excellent book explains,...

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Playing Against Nature

Books about natural disasters and disaster miti...

Volcano Tambora

Tambora two centuries on

Bill McGuire looks back on the legacy of Tambora, the volcano whose eruption created the 'year without a summer'

World Wide Web

Making your own luck

Paul Cleverley and Simon Burnett (Robert Gordon University, UK) come bearing tales of the unexpected in the search user interface


Tecto tech talk

Nina Morgan has some April Fool advice for making yourself compeltely incomprehensible.

Ted with newspaper

Not nice ways to go

Ted Nield reflects on the encouraging news that the most serious global threats lie within our power to address because they're our fault in the first place.


President's Day 2015

News of this year's Awards and the events of President's Day 2015

Edmund Nickless

Edmund Nickless to retire

The Executive Secretary has announced his intention to retire in September after 18 years.

Awards Nominations

Society Awards 2015

The Society is delighted to announce the winners of the 2015 Awards.


Diversity in the Geological Society

Tricia Henton hails the signing of the Declaration on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

2015 Book Reviews Online

Read book reviews that have been received in 2015.

Raymo - first female winner of the Wollaston medal

Honorary Fellowships

Maureen Raymo was the first female recipient of the Wollaston Medal, the Society’s most senior medal (picture, in 2014 with President David Shilston).
Book Reviews

Disaster Deferred - a new view of Earthquake Hazards in the New Madrid Seismic Zone. (2012) by Seth Stein

Geoscientist has a number of books available for Fellows to review. We also invite publishers to send us books to be reviewed.